The typical American soldier is expected to be a diplomat through their actions. This is something all soldiers are told while transitioning into the military service. Through all the changes soldiers face, a hiccup in monthly finances is not something that a soldier and their family needs.
It is much easier to just get paid on the 1st and 15th and deal with the time in between, but how often are you suffering that pre-payday struggle? How often does that random 3rd weekend in the pay check get forgotten and now that weekend is spent in the barracks?
Wouldn’t it be nice to come home from the field and know that you have that money BUDGETED to go do the things you want and to buy the things you need? But how can you make sure that happens? By giving yourself permission! Its very important to include fun and entertainment in your monthly budget.
Here are 3 reasons why you should have a budget that allows you to play hard after you work hard:
To stay on track. It’s a fact that we stay motivated much easier when we are rewarded for our efforts. That doesn’t mean you can go on a $1000 random spending spree at your local mall. But it does mean that you should have a category for fun. Plan a weekend on the lake, go see the newest movie, or get yourself that new rifle. Just plan for it, put it in the budget, and then go have some fun with it!
It lowers stress. It’s not news that stress not only affects you mentally but also physically. According to Mayo Clinic, “Stress that’s left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.” Breaking up your routine, laughing uncontrollably, and just overall enjoying yourself will reduce your stress, keep you healthy, and make life in general more enjoyable.
To help you grow as a person. You’ve heard the saying “All work and no play makes Johnny a dull boy”. A person who does nothing but work and come home, even if you have a family there, becomes a boring and bored person. Getting out of the house and investing in yourself, your passions, and your hobbies will help you to grow into a multi-faceted person. So pick something that truly makes you happy and budget for that, whether it’s a good round of golf twice a month, a membership to a gym, or enough bait and tackle to make for a great time fishing.
So, if you aren’t already, when you are doing next month’s budget, add a new line item for something that you love to do, that will make you happy, and allow you to play hard.
My goal is to help make your financial foundation strong enough so that you will be prepared for all curve balls that a soldier can get thrown at them. I want to help with that and so much more. With the ever changing support of our military and even their pay or retirement, one thing is for sure, You Work Hard and Should Play Hard. Let me help you do that while still reaching your goals. You fight daily for freedom let me help you reach your Financial Freedom Today.
Charles Moore is a veteran, rocket doctor, financial coach, and blogger. If you’ve decided its time for you to suit up and fight for your financial freedom, check out his website at www.CAMFinancialCoach.com where you can get information on the coaching process, package options, and an unbeatable library of knowledge on winning financial battles.